David Adams has walked twice in his major league career and both came in yesterday’s game. The critical one came in the 7th inning. The Yanks were down 5-3 because Wil Myers hit a grand slam off C.C. Sabathia (and threw his bat a little too eagerly after he hit it, especially considering that Brett Gardner got a glove on it and the ball just skipped over the wall).
So the Yanks load the bases with one out, Jayson Nix and Adams due up. They’d had the same scenario a few innings earlier and both Nix and Adams stuck out.
In the 7th, Nix whiffed again–95 mph heater that was off the plate. But Adams put together a tough at bat and he drew a walk driving home a run. I didn’t think he had a chance at getting a hit but getting a walk was as impressive. And then, for some luck, some magic, whatever you want to call it–divine inspiration–Vernon Wells pinch-hit and down 0-2 he hit a bases clearing double.
It was enough. Sabathia pitched well other than the Myers home run, Zoilo had another good game, and David Robertson and Mariano put heads to bed late as the Yanks won, 7-5.
[Photo Credit: Kahlua Nights; AP]